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Why you need a facial oil

Contrary to popular belief, oils aren’t solely for the dry-skinned – and loooong before their recent exhumation from the skin care archives, pure oils graced the faces of the likes of Cleopatra (always ahead of the beauty curve), and the Geishas – whose flawless skins were owed to pure camellia oil (a key ingredient in Pai Skincare’s impressive {range} of soothing skin solutions).

Brimming with essential fatty acids – to strengthen skin’s protective lipid barrier – as well as potent, complexion-conditioning vitamins and minerals, face oils can correct a multitude of s(k)ins. Balancing, thickening and glow-bestowing – even oily/combination skins can benefit.

Excess oil is often a side-effect of dehydration – by ‘over-stripping’ oily skin with drying toners, you actually compel it to make more. Instead, applying oil helps to ‘trick’ skin into believing things are fine – it’s the skin care version of a ‘re-set button’. 

There are no hard and fast rules as to when or how to apply facial oil, but the general consensus is to treat it like a ‘top coat’ – massaging 2 – 3 drops into face, neck and décolleté after your day cream (before SPF). However, if you’re predisposed to noontime shine, you might choose to use oils at night – either ‘neat’ or mixed-with moisturiser, for a supercharged, targeted boost.

If you’ve got {mature skin}

A buffet for depleted cells, Mara Beauty’s phenomenal {Universal Face Oil} “feeds” skin with an entire alphabet of vitamins {A, B, C, D, E and F), alongside a cocktail of minerals and plumping plankton extracts to diminish depth of lines and leave skin positively luminous. An absolute ‘no brainer’ for all those with dulled or lacklustre visages, this one-for-all oil is prevention and cure – deflecting attack from skin-ageing aggressors while ‘undoing’ signs of slow-down.

Meanwhile, Verso’s {Super Facial Oil} is a unique and incredibly potent retinol treatment, developed to stimulate sluggish skin cells, encourage elastin synthesis and diminish visibility of wrinkles, scars and dark spots.

If your skin is {dry or dehydrated}

Replenish precious moisture and ‘rebuild’ your skin’s barrier with Drunk Elephant’s {Virgin Luxury Marula Facial Oil} – a rich-yet-lightweight oil that’s packed with antioxidants to seal the ‘good stuff’ in whilst keeping ‘bad stuff’ out. Or reach for Aesop’s {Damascan Rose Facial Treatment} – an intensive blend of rose, evening primrose, rosehip and carrot seed to rescue skin in crisis.

Those with {dark spots}

Need Odacité’s {Hyperpigmentation Serum Concentrate} – a brightening and preventative blend of papaya and geranium extracts, to help restore skin to its former uniformity. This also makes an ideal skin care ‘supplement’ for women who’re experiencing pigmentation due to pregnancy.

If you’re looking {lacklustre}

Scarily vibrant, don’t quake at the shade of The Ordinary’s (blindingly!) brilliant {Sea-Buckthorn Oil}. Yes, it’s dauntingly orange but this pure, organic oil boasts an unparalleled level of omega 7 and vitamin E to replenish and shield your complexion from harmful aggressors. Ideal overnight when your cells’ are repairing, mix a few drops with your night cream (believe us, the teeniest bit will work wonders) then wake to unspeakably luminous skin.

Or try Sunday Riley’s {Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil} – an ultra-lightweight ‘dry oil’ that’s readily absorbed to grant dull skin immediate radiance. Try patting a few drops on top of your moisturiser – or even over make up – for quick fix, skin-rejuvenation.

If your skin is {oily or confused}

rå oils’ {Acne Therapy Face Oil} was born out of its founder’s quest to help her daughter’s acne, and this unique, 100% pure blend of botanical extracts succeeded where medical specialists failed. Powered by rosehip fruit and lavender oils alongside protective vitamin E, this gentle blend calms inflammation and helps lessen the severity (and longevity) or breakouts.

MV Organic Skincare’s {Pure Jojoba} most closely resembles sebum – suppressing skin’s natural urge to keep making more spot-causing oil. Apply to clean face before red, and wake up to a calmer complexion.

And if you’re suffering from {sensitivity}…

…try {Daily Soother Booster} – a skin-quieting medley of sweet almond, roman chamomile, lavender and calendula, to reduce inflammation, minimise redness and bring relief from stress and tell-tale signs of irritation.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…